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October 24, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry. One commented that he would like to hire more young women but not all are as competent as Sandberg. The other said he, too, would hire more young women but his wife fears he would sleep with them and, he confessed, he probably would. Sandberg's husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, told her later that night that the men did her a favor with their honesty.
October 1, 2013 | By August Brown
The Internet has transformed the ways we find new music and interact with artists. Some of it's been for the better, but a lot of it's been for the worse -- especially for young women in rising acts. Lauren Mayberry, singer of the popular Scottish electro trio Chvrches (who just released their excellent debut LP "The Bones of What You Believe" ), is on the front lines of the ways the Internet enables men to harass women who are in the public eye. She just published a moving op-ed in the British newspaper the Guardian about the real and frightening impact that all of the abuse -- some obnoxious, some overtly threatening -- can inflict.
September 22, 2013 | By Denise Florez
Growing up, Evelyn Martinez's mother didn't want her to ride a bike. "She thinks it's not safe for women to be riding late at night, and cars are dangerous too," Martinez said. Moreover, her mother told her: "Bicycles are for men. " But after a chance meeting last year, Martinez joined an all-female, predominantly Latino cycling group that is both an answer and a challenge to the aggressive male biking culture. Like men's bike crews, it defies L.A.'s monolithic car culture with an in-your-face ethic, reflected in its name: the Ovarian Psyco Cycles Brigade.
September 17, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, the last thing you want is for it to come back. That sentiment goes a long way toward explaining why as many as 25% of women with breast cancer --  especially young women -- have been opting to have healthy breasts removed. In an effort to dig deeper into patients' decision-making process, researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and various schools and hospitals affiliated with Harvard developed a lengthy survey.
September 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Women make up a bigger share of arrests for driving under the influence than they did decades ago, but little attention has been paid to how to halt or handle the trend, according to a report released Thursday. Federal statistics showed that women constituted nearly a quarter of DUI arrests across the United States in recent years. In 1980,  the number was just 9.3%, but the percentage has risen almost every year for three decades, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
September 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
The average age of women giving birth in America rose last year as the nation's birthrate held steady following several years of decline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The birthrate among teens and women in their early 20s hit historic lows in 2012, according to a new report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Meanwhile, the proportion of women in their 30s and early 40s who had babies rose. The birthrate for women in their late 40s held steady.
August 21, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg preached her gospel of "leaning in" to California's female lawmakers Wednesday, saying that having more women in government is key to advancing gender equality. Sandberg, whose book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" looks at the dearth of women leaders in the corporate world, noted in a speech to the California Women's Legislative Caucus that there was a similar lack of female leaders in the political sphere. "How grateful I am for the women here who have run for office, who are serving ... because you inspire women all over the world and the state," Sandberg said.
August 19, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Indoor tanning is a great way to get skin cancer - especially if you start young. People who use tanning beds, sunlamps or tanning booths before age 35 are up to 75% more likely to develop melanoma, and those who begin before 25 may double their risk of other types of skin cancer. So we are once again surprised to to find that indoor tanning remains popular with the young women whose fair skin makes them the most vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. The latest evidence comes from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
August 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
As Sandra Spath glanced around the Santa Monica yoga class for soon-to-be mothers, the thought that had nagged her that day evaporated. "I wasn't even the oldest one," Spath said. Just a few weeks before she turned 40, Spath gave birth to a boy - and joined the growing ranks of women becoming mothers later in life. Federal data show that women in their 40s are more likely to have babies now than at any time in more than four decades. Among American women ages 40 to 44, birthrates have hit their highest point since 1967, data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics reveal.
June 18, 2013
Re "Menopause: Is men's taste to blame?," June 15 The report provides scant evidence that a genetic mutation caused menopause in aging women, that male preference for young women is responsible for the accumulation of that gene over time, or that men are reproductively fertile until death despite their young female partners. In fact, menopausal women tend to outlive men. As such, menopause may have arisen because of a set of complex genes contributing to longevity that enabled survival beyond a woman's ability to reproduce.
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